In Sheri Rosenbaum's review of CEP and PRO Compression Socks last week, we included a discount code that PRO graciously offered RBR readers. Unfortunately, PRO neglected to make that code active on their site until after a few of you had tried to use it. Sorry about that. Sheri's got another new review running this week: OORR's new eco-friendly cycling apparel that uses post-consumer plastic bottles and other interesting materials in its kits. As we've done in the past – and will continue to do when possible – we're reviewing both the women's and men's versions of OORR's new kits.
By Coach Rick Schultz Last week we launched Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, our new 57-page eBook in which my co-author and I clear up the confusion and take the guesswork out of knowing what to do, and how to do it, to implement a stretching and core strengthening program. One of the points I made in last week's article (click for additional info on how to put together your own program using the book) is that you can and should choose your favorite stretches and core exercises for your personal routine(s). I thought I would share my own personal favorites today and next week.
By Jim Langley As promised in last week’s episode, this Tech Talk covers a few additional chain-drop, chainline and front derailleur issues raised by readers in our Comments section. As a reminder, a few weeks back, in Issue 732 of RBR Newsletter, I wrote about helping a friend diagnose and solve his chain-drop issue. We’ve received some excellent comments on these topics in the weeks since. So, I’ll share a few of the most insightful ones and add a few more tips.
By Coach John Hughes In this series of columns over the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing various aches and pains (other than tired legs!) that we roadies suffer from, what causes them and what you can do to avoid them. Previous columns have covered: cramping; nausea; saddle discomfort / saddle sores; upper back, shoulder, neck pain / discomfort; numb / painful hands, and lower back pain and discomfort. (See links to individual articles below.) Today we'll focus on hot / painful feet. And, as with the other cycling maladies, we'll devote some time to discussing how you can avoid it.
As of October 17, if you're buying a bike from Giant USA, you have a couple of new options. First, if your local dealer doesn't have what you want in stock, you can order a Giant or Liv bike online and have it shipped to a Giant retailer to pick up. Also available for the first time from Giant is the ability to pay for a bike over time (up to 12 months) with Affirm, an online finance company.
By Coach John Hughes There are so many bars and gels and whatnot out there for energy and endurance. What should you look for in a bar or gel? What about the composition of complex versus simple sugars? When should you intake them before and during the ride? How much is too much?
By Stan Purdum When it comes to fixing problems on the bicycle — or in life, in general, for that matter — starting the fix at the right point is a great benefit, but that seems to be a lesson I have to relearn from time to time. My bicycle saddle is a recent case in point. It’s a Brooks B-17, a classic leather model that’s been in production in England since the 1890s. It’s been virtually unchanged over that time, and for good reason: Many riders find that, like a good pair of leather shoes, the saddle is among the most comfortable available once broken in.
By Sheri Rosenbaum Bottom line, I really liked this kit. Between the excellent moisture control, comfort and all-day-ride capable chamois, I give it high marks. The fact that the company is committed to developing eco-friendly apparel is a huge bonus to me. I look forward to OORR expanding its line to include sports bras and other apparel. The unique fabric would be ideal for a variety of sports-related garments. I’ll be keeping my eye on them.
Today's QoW comes from our own Product Review Crew member Sheri Rosenbaum, who reviewed one of OORR's new eco-friendly kits today. (Next week, we'll have a review of the men's version.) Sheri wrote: "We are starting to see more cycling apparel using sustainable, recycled or renewable materials – OORR (with recycled plastic and coffee grounds) and Showers Pass (which uses bamboo in some of its pieces)."